Ahmad Shiddiqi

Rookie - 26 Points (March 7,1974 / Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia)

I Gave Myself Freedom From Boredom - Poem by Ahmad Shiddiqi

I gave myself freedom from boredom
From the leaves in the garden
To old toys in the garage
I had always been in one touch
But I suppose that in the end
Work without love is slavery

People who studied have trouble
Thinking outside of the box
A good or a bad thing
Self-taught people always
Think outside of the box
They are more creative
Because they don't have
A ready made answer
To their problem
So they need to do
Some thinking first

Since everyone was a little bit grand
In one way or another
Anybody who acted grand
Got the strawberry

I tell you something
Never change what you are good at
Repetition is reputation
So this is what I do
I am obsessed by some themes
Life, death, love, war, peace, nature, human, religion

I think it is important
To enjoy your art
For what it is
Rather than what it is worth
And to change these pieces occasionally
Is essential

For my inspiration
I always wished
That I would pass
The Walt Whitman Grave Memorial
The Frederick Chopin Statue
The Pablo Picasso's Studio
You absolutely can't be indifferent
To special charm of them
And like Ralph Waldo Emerson said
I had to rub my eyes
To see if the sunbeam was no illusion

Self-pride is one of the most
Important elements in life
So I want to offer an achievement
Something that people can be proud of
Something that they can naturally
Create a story around
Spread love and justice
It's nice to feel unique
In a good way


Comments about I Gave Myself Freedom From Boredom by Ahmad Shiddiqi

  • (9/8/2009 3:02:00 AM)

    Work without love is slavery these words bring to mind what the lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran said about work, saying if you whhere unable to work with love it would be wiser to live of charity, cause if a baker bakes a bread hating what he does his hatred will poison the bread. Andsoon.
    Stating that the intention and the energy you put into something matters cause it will be noticed and felt.

    May angels continue to inspire you

    Boomwhisperer Ruerd
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  • (9/7/2009 11:24:00 AM)

    very beautiful write indeed Sir with very powerful message...thanks for sharing 10+++

    rgds
    asif
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  • (9/3/2009 4:03:00 PM)

    Excellent and very true poem...i like mentioning the artists like 'Picasso'...really fantastic! ! ..., and i agree with you that it's very important to enjoy your art and know yourself deeply and discover your talents..... don't deprive us from your talent..10 (Report)Reply

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  • (9/2/2009 12:41:00 AM)

    'spread love and justice'

    it's all we need... nice words.
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  • (9/1/2009 10:47:00 AM)

    I like this poem, too.There are many lines of truth and wisdom in th creative poem: 'Self taught peolple think outside the box' and are more creative-make sense. when one don't think one does not create.'Never change what you're good at; repetition is reputation'-a fresh perception! 'Work without love is slavery' another great line! this poem rates a 10 (Report)Reply

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  • (8/31/2009 11:21:00 PM)

    again the truth about ourselves most remain.Faithfull to our souls, not always easy but always ours (Report)Reply

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  • Prince Obed de la Cruz (8/31/2009 5:58:00 AM)

    yeah! wooh! very good! (Report)Reply

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  • (8/31/2009 5:17:00 AM)

    More or less staying on the path. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/30/2009 5:40:00 PM)

    A beautiful, deep and philosophical poem well penned.10 (Report)Reply

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  • (8/30/2009 8:32:00 AM)

    This is full of wisdom, wonderful to learn from. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/30/2009 7:55:00 AM)

    Very philosophical poem Ahmad. To think outside the box is to be creative and your poem has much wisdom. Well done! 10 love Karin (Report)Reply

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  • Ency Bearis (8/30/2009 6:47:00 AM)

    very nice poem...with wise insightful thoughts......10 (Report)Reply

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  • (8/30/2009 5:58:00 AM)

    wonderful thoughts, definitely worthy of a 10+ (Report)Reply

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  • (8/30/2009 4:42:00 AM)

    I enjoyed your poem, ful of wisdom and insight. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/30/2009 4:11:00 AM)

    Some kind advice in your poem........I try to think outside the box myself..

    Ruthy: -)
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  • Fay Slimm (8/30/2009 3:42:00 AM)

    A lovely warm feel to this tribute poem - - a tribute to self-worth - and as you rightly say 'work without love is slavery ' - - a good piece of food for thought Ahmad..... best wishes from Fay. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/30/2009 3:08:00 AM)

    you are unique my friend....that; s why we all love you....i see that you made a great effort to compose this wonderful piece of poetry....thanks for sharing my friend....u know many great poets hide their poems and reveal them for the people who spend money only..i thank you for leaving your poems free to be read.. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/30/2009 2:02:00 AM)

    very good write shows things that are truly important 10 (Report)Reply

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  • Varanasi Ramabrahmam (8/30/2009 1:35:00 AM)

    Yes self-esteem is essential for creation. Study by ourselves is the best study and we need not be distracted by studying others' works. More knowledge always is hindrance to creation and self-expression. Self-expression is natural, intuitive and natural. Nice verse. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajaram Ramachandran (8/30/2009 12:55:00 AM)

    Work without love is slavery-Yes, you have caught the point strongly. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 29, 2009



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